July 28th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Campaign buttons show Obama with Larry Craig

An image of the mistaken button, courtesy of CNN affiliate KPVI.
An image of the mistaken button, courtesy of CNN affiliate KPVI.

(CNN) – Barack Obama likes to stress his willingness to work across party lines, but Republican Sen. Larry Craig probably isn't the Illinois senator's top choice when it comes to showcasing his bipartisan credentials.

But campaign buttons mistakenly featuring those two politicians surfaced over the weekend under the Obama campaign's motto "Change You Can Believe In," according to CNN Idaho affiliate KPVI.

The buttons, created by an Ohio-based company called Tigereye Design, was supposed to feature Obama alongside the Democratic Senate candidate in Idaho, Larry LaRocco. A retired editor for the Lewiston Tribune noticed the mistaken buttons and printed them in Sunday's edition.

LaRocco's campaign says the buttons weren't ordered by them, but rather a commercial firm that sells campaign memorabilia.

Craig, who was arrested last year for allegedly soliciting sex in an airport men's room, is not running for reelection.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Larry Craig
soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. young senior

    All you PUMAs, aka Republicans. Ask yourself: Do you really want McCain as President for 4 years? He has a Geo Bush personality. An old frat boy, who almost flunked out of the academy, has only gotten this far (first) due to family connections and (second) a rich wife. He is disrespectful of women, including his wife - yes the same as W - have you ever noticed the body language between W and Laura. He's always running away from her or they are ignoring each other.. Anyway, good for Hillary. I'm proud of her. She has a lot to give to the country. She lost because she ran an awful campaign and was hubris. But she is a mature person who looks forward and not backward.

    July 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Al

    Kids will vote for Obama no matter who he's with.

    July 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. tpage

    They should throw in John Edwards holding his love child to make this the funniest button EVER! You guys need to lighten up over there on the left...not everything is a conspiracy led by the "evil" Republican party. McCain 2008,

    July 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Boston For OBAMA

    LOL...What a joke. The republicans don't stand a chance.

    July 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. nola

    For the past 7+ years George and his buddies have made fools of all the hard working citizens of this country. They are departing from their position leaving this country Billions of dollars in debt – a debt we all (republicans and demoncrates) will be paying off for the next 200
    + years. And one of their half brain decides having this pen made was cute/funny. I hope that they find it funny when we the citizens start having them arrested for stealing from us.

    July 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Geri

    I"m a democrat and think this is so funny but I haven't figured out how you can blame the Republicans. How about the people who make the buttons just making a mistake. The Republicans are the same as you & I just believe in different things.

    July 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it was a mistake.

    What's interesting is the posts here trying to link Obama and Craig. Craig is a right-win nut job who went on TV to call Bill Clinton a "bad boy" for having an affair.

    A right wing hypocrite....they seem to be multiplying again this year.

    July 28, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Jos/TN

    sure, the mistake is like the microphone being power unknowingly, this sort of thing require rigorous proofing, it was intentional

    July 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Tim

    No dirtier than the media putting Obama on everything that comes out and forgetting about McCain, who is also running for President. Now that seems dirty, biased, and premeditated.

    July 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Mike, TX

    Guess they met in the Mens Room at Heathrow.

    July 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Steve

    It's amazing how these "accidents" happen. No one with any brains buys it for a second. Do you really expect anyone to believe a company that makes political buttons could put the image of a bathroom stall cowboy next to Obama's by accident? Even so, I want one of these buttons. It'll be worth maybe $3.00 in about 10 years....oh....that's right..that's how much they cost now...ah..nevermind.

    This is off the subject, but I note there are several Hillary supporters STILL playing the broken record that Obama can't win without Hillary.
    Looks like he's doing just fine without her. Have you actually been paying attention? Except for a day or two a couple of weeks ago, she's been missing in action. I'm not sure I'd want someone as my right-hand woman (VP) who is a no show, anyway. And no, kids, she did not win the popular vote (no matter what the cuckoo statistics on the PUMA site say). She did not win the majority of delegates. She did not win the majority of superdelegates. She lost. End of story. Deal with it.

    July 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Felice Judkins

    This is a sad commentary on our political system. We have young men and women dying in a foreign country so that those people can vote in a democratic system. How shameful and loathesome have we become as a nation to try to denegrate a fellow citizen for running for the Presidency. If you don't want to vote for Obama based on his policies and political views then don't vote for him. It is sad to read some of the vile and nasty comments about this man and truth be told it is SIMPLY BECAUSE HE IS BLACK and you come off with all of this foolishness to justify your rabid racist hearts. I was a Hillary supporter who is enthusiastically voting for Obama because we need a change in this country. Bush and Cheny need to be in jail and McCain does not have a clue. Although I don't agree with McCain I would not try to personally attack this man simply for sport. You wonder why our nation is in such shambles and it is not only the government that has failed us but also WE THE PEOPLE need to examine our own hearts and what role we have played in being complacent. Much of this negativity against Obama is shrouded in the most insidiuos poison in our country and that is racsim. I applaud the man for at least have the guts to stand up and say we can do better as a nation and to try to make a difference. What have you done lately to make a difference in your family, in your community, in your city in your state in OUR Nation. If you want to vote for mcCain because you believe in his policies then vote for him,; we are still a free nation. Stop the silly and childish name calling and stupid and ignorant rants that make us look like a Super Power that is losing our luster and position in the world. We've had 8 years of corruption, unjust wars, economy in the tank, people can't afford to live and if you want to continue those policies and if McCain wins, you don't have a right to complain. I would rather take a chance on a new fresh beginnig than to continue down the same dark path we've been on for years. it is time for a change. If you are an intelligent adult then have an intelligent argument and point of view and stop sounding like children in the schoolyard fighting over a ball. Grow UP!

    Felice Judkins, Fredericksburg, VA

    July 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. KE

    This Democratic presidential primary season has caused so much pain already. A fact that a young senator (who was unknown till few years ago) who is only a presumptive Democratic nominee is going around the world speaking as though he represents America (and the world) is not a very good picture. You wonder whose fault is it, and then we just picture a dysfunctional government. The approval rating of the congress is below 10% yet no one seems too distressed about it, it’s dysfunctional all around. Both Republicans and Democrats are invisible.

    McCain is a lone voice but we started to hear him well. Both McCain and Hillary sustained clear voice and I hope they both will keep it clear. McCain is much more careful with the media now. We learned so much from watching the way the American media treated Hillary Clinton (I can’t still believe how they got away with it… but we will remember).

    July 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Chuck

    This a phoney news release by FOX news.
    They were not ordered by LaRocco or Obama
    campaigns.
    They were made for the False News Network and CNN fell for it!!!!

    July 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. sixty sixer

    Before you Obamanuts get your underwear in a knot, this was an honest mistake from a firm that's based in Ohio that doesn't know which Senator from Idaho to picture. Talk about conspirators–folks, look in the mirror. It's funny. Go read Consumer Reports inside back cover. It'll be there in a couple of months.

    July 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Janet WV for Obama

    I cannot believe the idiotic level of pure hatred contained in some of these posts!. Sen. Obama had nothing to do with this. I doubt that it is a mistake. Rather, it looks like smearing on the part of some desperate Rupublicans and PUMAS.

    July 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Steve Green

    As long as Obama does not have a "wide stance"

    July 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. ClintonDems4Cynthia08

    Dirtbags stick together! No more Dems, no more Republicans!! VOTE GREEN. Cynthia McKinney 08!!

    July 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Kyle

    This was no mistake.

    July 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Nestor, Austin, TX

    It's funny how so many people here are complaining about how 'unfairly' Obama is being treated. Obama is getting 85% of the news in this election, yet his coverage is apparently 'unfair' to the liberals in America. The first commentor here said 'right wing public radio' yet tries to make the inference that conservatives are brainwashed. The 'Public Radio' is NPR and is liberal as all get out. The 'Public Television' is PBS and also is liberal. So-called 'Right Wing Talk Radio' is private and run by the free-market. Their ratings are up because the free market works, unlike the drivel on NPR. But liberals want to take away Fox News and Talk Radio, even though it is market based. They have 85% of the media, but apparently that's not enough since liars like Gore and Kerry couldn't get elected, and no matter how much press Obama gets he can't build a sizeable lead against a very weak candidate in McCain.

    July 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Noans, South Pasadena

    Just more Republican, right wing, midwestern Christian values! It's funny that Republicans won't confront their own, Senator Larry Craig, for his lewd and illegal bathroom antics but they'll use Craig to try and smear Obama. Hey Republicans, Larry Craig is one of your "boys," remember.

    This really is funny. Like one post said, the button is an appeal from the gay community to vote for Obama. Thanks, Ohio. And we thought you guys were homophobic. LOL

    July 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    this was no mistake – it's just another low black against an educated black man that ignorant fools in this day and age still hate - oppression continues on to the black race by whites and foreigners the very people that Obama wants to unite - it's a very sad day but people are ignorant and hateful still and it will never end toward black people.

    sad sad sad day.

    God Bless the good, loving, and caring people

    July 28, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. WeCanSeeRightThruObama

    Some of you people are ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC!!!

    You really believe that it was a Republican trick?!?!??

    That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. And this coming from people like Captain Smash (1st poster on this thread) who writes, "Further, if you ask them how do they know that? They would say I read on the internet or I heard it on Fox News."

    And yet all you crazy, foolish lefties will convince yourselves that Republicans had something to do with the buttons, with ZERO evidence to back it up!!! LOL!!!

    July 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    Mistake or Republican smear campaign?

    July 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    OBAMA Supporter all the way – I totally agree with you all the way.

    July 28, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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